Wrestling World Reacts To The Death Of The Rock's Father, Rocky Johnson

Lorenzo Tanos

On Wednesday, the professional wrestling community was saddened to learn of the death of WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson — the father of world-champion-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. In the hours since his passing at the age of 75 was announced, several current and former wrestlers have taken to social media to honor the late legend and recognize his contributions to the wrestling business.

As documented by Sportskeeda, a pair of veteran WWE standouts posted detailed tweets honoring the late wrestler, including Natalya, who shared a photo of Rocky and Dwayne Johnson that appeared to have been taken in the late 1970s. Aside from tagging The Rock in her post, Natalya looked back on how the future Hollywood star's father once competed in her grandfather Stu Hart's Calgary-based promotion, Stampede Wrestling, years before he joined the company then known as WWF.

"Saddened to hear about the passing of Rocky Johnson. Rocky was always extremely friendly & kind to me every time I interacted with him over the years. My condolences & thoughts go out to his family."

"My prayers and deepest remorse goes out to the @TheRock and the family of @wweHOF Soul Man Rocky Johnson. He helped paved the way for so many African Americans in this business. You will be missed. R.I.P."

As of this writing, Dwayne Johnson has yet to issue a statement on his father's passing, though as NBC News noted, the recently retired former WWE Champion has been known to share heartfelt social media posts where he talks positively about growing up as the son of a famous professional wrestler.